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We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Paris firefighters in 'rape' case

Wednesday, May 9th 2012, 16:07

Thirteen firefighters are detained in France in connection with the alleged rape of a new recruit during an initiation ceremony, officials say.
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What will Hollande mean for Africa?

Wednesday, May 9th 2012, 8:17

How will Hollande's victory change France's relations with Africa?
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VIDEO: Louis Saha: UK less racist than France

Tuesday, May 8th 2012, 22:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Tottenham footballer Louis Saha tells Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman that the UK has less racial issues than France, and that the premier league is a "paradise" for players from ethnic minorities.
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'No deal' with Farc on journalist

Tuesday, May 8th 2012, 20:31
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombian officials dismiss demands made by Farc rebels believed to be holding a French journalist in exchange for his release.
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Merkel urges French co-operation

Tuesday, May 8th 2012, 15:55
related places: Eu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says in a letter to newly elected French President Francois Hollande, that "necessary decisions" must be taken to resolve the debt crisis.
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VIDEO: Francois Hollande facing EU battle

Tuesday, May 8th 2012, 5:43
related places: Eu

French President-elect Francois Hollande is to start work on forming a new government, after telling supporters his victory gave hope of an end to austerity.
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What was France like in 1981?

Tuesday, May 8th 2012, 0:17

What was France like the last time a Socialist won?
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Hollande sets France on new path

Monday, May 7th 2012, 22:07

New French President Francois Hollande vows to redraw a pact on EU budget constraints, saying "austerity can no longer be the only option".
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VIDEO: Anti-austerity votes concern EU

Monday, May 7th 2012, 19:26
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Eu

As Greek voters punished the parties that backed EU austerity conditions, the new French President Francois Hollande has said one of his first acts will be to attempt to renegotiate the EU fiscal pact.
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Election fears prove short-lived

Monday, May 7th 2012, 16:52
related countries: Greece Greece, United States United States

European shares finish higher on Monday as investor concerns about government austerity plans following weekend election results proved short-lived.
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Euro Disney reports higher losses

Monday, May 7th 2012, 11:18

Losses grow at Euro Disney due to higher wage costs and spending on sprucing up Disneyland Paris ahead of its 20th anniversary.
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Asian shares drop on Europe fears

Monday, May 7th 2012, 5:00

Asian markets dip on fears that the eurozone may have to rein in austerity measures seen as key to solving the debt crisis.
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Farc rebels 'to release reporter'

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 23:46

Farc rebels claiming to hold French journalist Romeo Langlois say they will release him soon, in a statement believed to come from the group.
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Hollande wins French presidency

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 23:02

Socialist Francois Hollande is elected as France's president, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, in a vote that has wide implications for the eurozone.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy's turbulent time in power

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 21:35

The BBC's Katya Adler takes a look back at Nicolas Sarkozy's time as French president.
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Cameron congratulates Hollande

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 21:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls Francois Hollande to congratulate him on his victory in the French presidential election.
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VIDEO: Hollande wins French presidency

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 18:16

Socialist Francois Hollande has been elected as France's new president, early estimates suggest.
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France votes in crucial run-off

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 16:02

French voters are choosing between conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Francois Hollande in the second round of presidential elections.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy and Hollande vote in run-off poll

Sunday, May 6th 2012, 12:12

The French are voting in a run-off poll that could see a socialist win a French presidential election for the first time since 1988.
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French ponder Sunday poll choice

Saturday, May 5th 2012, 13:57

French President Nicolas Sarkozy spends the day with his family and his challenger Francois Hollande visits a market a day before the crucial second round.
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New rape claim in DSK inquiry

Saturday, May 5th 2012, 7:58

A new allegation of gang-rape is made in the sex inquiry involving ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in France.
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French race goes into final hours

Friday, May 4th 2012, 16:43

Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande are making their final pitch for votes in one of the most dramatic elections in recent French history.
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France jails physicist for terror

Friday, May 4th 2012, 14:54

A scientist at the prestigious Cern laboratory is jailed for five years in France for plotting terrorist attacks.
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VIDEO: Final day of campaigning in France

Friday, May 4th 2012, 6:48

Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande have been campaigning for the final day ahead of Sunday's French presidential election.
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Cloudy horizon for French economy

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 23:01
related places: Nantes

Nantes lesson for the French economy
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UK minister in Hollande warning

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 22:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The economic policies of Francois Hollande will "have a shockwave effect on Europe" if he becomes president of France, Iain Duncan Smith warns.
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Losing candidate opposes Sarkozy

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 20:43

Defeated centrist French presidential candidate Francois Bayrou throws his weight behind Socialist leader Francois Hollande ahead of Sunday's run-off.
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French vote 'too close to call'

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 15:46

French President Nicolas Sarkozy believes Sunday's presidential election run-off against Francois Hollande will be decided by the tightest margin.
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SocGen quarterly profits fall 20%

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 6:44

French bank Societe Generale's profits fell 20% in the first three months of the year as the eurozone debt crisis continued to hamper results.
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VIDEO: France parties try to regain trust

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 6:13

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his challenger Francois Hollande have traded insults in their only TV debate of the election campaign.
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French rivals in feisty TV debate

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 4:39

France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande trade insults and accusations in a heated televised debate before Sunday's presidential run-off vote.
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Who won French election TV debate?

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 0:34

Who won France's ill-tempered presidential debate?
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Le Pen supporters look beyond Sarkozy

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 23:29

Le Pen voters in French town reluctant to back Sarkozy
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VIDEO: Tornado filmed in southern France

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 22:22

A tornado has reportedly torn through a region of the southern region of France
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'Farc rebels' make kidnap claim

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 18:50
related countries: Colombia Colombia

A Colombian woman claiming to be a Farc rebel says the left-wing guerrilla group is holding missing French journalist Romeo Langlois as a "prisoner of war".
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Le Pen blow to Sarkozy's chances

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 16:11

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen vows to cast a blank vote in Sunday's presidential run-off, in a further setback for President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Colombia rebels 'have reporter'

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 9:18
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says there are "clear indications" Farc rebels are holding French journalist Romeo Langlois.
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Euro chair backs investment call

Monday, April 30th 2012, 17:46

The eurozone's finance chair backs calls by French presidential candidate Francois Hollande for a bigger European Investment Bank.
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Sarkozy to sue over Gaddafi claim

Monday, April 30th 2012, 12:32
related countries: Libya Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to file a complaint against a website that claimed Libya's Col Gaddafi offered to fund his 2007 election campaign.
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Colombia hunts missing journalist

Sunday, April 29th 2012, 19:01
related countries: Colombia Colombia

France's foreign minister says a French journalist who went missing after a clash between Colombia's Farc rebels and soldiers has been "taken prisoner".
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Strauss-Kahn claims rile Sarkozy

Saturday, April 28th 2012, 17:37

French President Nicolas Sarkozy rejects claims by Dominique Strauss-Kahn that his party was behind the ex-IMF chief's downfall.
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DSK claims political conspiracy

Friday, April 27th 2012, 21:53

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan says opponents planned his downfall from a sex scandal to stop his French presidential bid, days before the run-off.
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Famed conductor falls from stage

Friday, April 27th 2012, 16:25
related places: Paris

Kurt Masur, the former principal conductor of the London Philharmonic, is recovering in hospital after falling off the stage during a concert in Paris.
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Weak petrochemicals knock Total

Friday, April 27th 2012, 8:18

French oil firm Total reports a fall in profits due in part to weak demand and high raw material costs at its European petrochemicals business.
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VIDEO: French candidates quizzed on TV

Friday, April 27th 2012, 8:13

The two candidates in France's presidential run-off, Socialist Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy have appeared on TV, 10 days before the vote.
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French candidates quizzed on TV

Thursday, April 26th 2012, 23:21

Both candidates in France's presidential run-off - Socialist Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy - appear on TV, 10 days before the vote.
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Hollande prompts EU austerity rethink

Thursday, April 26th 2012, 9:14
related places: Eu

France's presidential contender prompts EU austerity rethink
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France raises Syria use of force

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 19:13
related countries: Syria Syria

France says the UN Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan fails to stop violence in the country.
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Sarkozy rules out far right deal

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 16:51

Nicolas Sarkozy rules out a re-election deal with the far right as Socialist Francois Hollande sets out plans to revise the EU fiscal compact.
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Driver 'parks' car in Paris metro

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 17:08
related places: Paris

A confused driver ends up trapping his car on the steps of a metro station in Paris, after mistaking it for the entrance to an underground car park.
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What next for Le Pen's National Front?

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:43

Why Marine Le Pen wants Sarkozy to lose French election
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Hollande appeals to Le Pen voters

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:05

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande suggests that some leftists voted in the first round for the far right out of "social anger".
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VIDEO: Battle to be new French leader steps up

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 6:11

France is weighing the possibility of a new President after a narrow first round election victory by Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande.
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Why do so many French people vote?

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 23:09

Why do so many French people vote in elections?
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VIDEO: Sarkozy seeks far right votes

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 21:30

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.
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Shares slide as anxiety returns

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 21:14

Global stocks fall after weak manufacturing data and political uncertainty in France and the Netherlands hit investor confidence.
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Sarkozy seeks key far-right votes

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 17:02

French President Nicolas Sarkozy woos far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.
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India state evicts French group

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 10:08
related countries: India India
related places: Bihar

Nine French tourists are ejected from the Indian state of Bihar for alleged involvement in Maoist activities, police officials say.
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Sarkozy loses first poll battle

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 10:01

President Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hard fight in the run-off vote in the French presidential election, after losing the first round to Francois Hollande.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy loses first poll battle

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 5:27

The socialist candidate Francois Hollande has beaten the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of the French presidential elections.
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French Socialist ahead after vote

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 22:04

Socialist Francois Hollande wins the first round of France's presidential poll, estimates say, setting up a run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy who came second.
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High turnout in French election

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 16:12

French people are voting in high numbers in the presidential poll, as President Sarkozy faces a strong challenge amid anxiety over the economy.
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VIDEO: France votes in presidential poll

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 12:43

The people of France have cast their ballots in the country's presidential poll, with concerns over the eurozone crisis and high unemployment key election issues.
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VIDEO: France set to vote for a president

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 4:26

France is set to vote in a presidential election amid widespread disaffection caused by the eurozone crisis and high unemployment.
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Aid official kidnapped in Yemen

Saturday, April 21st 2012, 23:58
related countries: Yemen Yemen

A French aid worker has been kidnapped in northern Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
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French overseas territories vote

Saturday, April 21st 2012, 15:28

Voters in French overseas territories cast their ballots in the presidential election, a day before the rest of the country.
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French candidates recall glorious past

Friday, April 20th 2012, 23:40

Why presidential hopefuls recall France's glorious past
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French rivals make final appeals

Friday, April 20th 2012, 22:36

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande make final campaign appeals before Sunday's first round of voting.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy trails behind Hollande

Friday, April 20th 2012, 5:57

With just days until the first round of the French Presidential election, President Sarkozy is trailing behind the Socialist Party's, Francois Hollande in the latest polls.
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Why is Nicolas Sarkozy so disliked?

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 23:40

Why French voters love to loathe their president
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VIDEO: Polar opposites rally in French election

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 21:51

With just days until the first round of the French Presidential election, President Sarkozy is trailing behind the Socialist Party's, Francois Hollande in the latest polls.
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France's far right and far left

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 8:07

France's left and right attract big crowds before election
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Nazi-looted art returns to heirs

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 23:56
related countries: Italy Italy, United States United States
related places: Paris

A 474-year-old painting stolen by Nazis during World War II has been returned by US officials to the heirs of its Paris-based Italian Jewish owner.
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In pictures: Machines De L'Ile

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 22:19

Mechanical animals park hopes to regenerate French city
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Ex-Mali leader in Senegal embassy

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 16:56
related countries: Mali Mali, Senegal Senegal
related places: Paris

Mali's former President Amadou Toumani Toure, whose whereabouts had been unknown since being ousted in a coup last month, is in the Senegalese embassy in Bamako, President Macky Sall of Senegal says.
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Hollande threatens to veto pact

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 12:12
related places: Eu

Francois Hollande, the Socialist tipped to win France's presidential election, says he will not endorse the EU fiscal compact unless it promotes growth.
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Sanctions 'halve Syrian reserves'

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 16:09
related countries: Syria Syria

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said that international sanctions against the Syrian government have cut its foreign currency reserves by half.
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Afghan girl photo wins Pulitzer

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 14:59
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A photographer from the French news agency AFP wins a Pulitzer award for his photo of an Afghan girl screaming after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul.
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France murders: Two suspects held

Monday, April 16th 2012, 9:37
related places: Paris

French police hold two suspects over four similar murders in a suburb of Paris, believed to be the work of a serial killer.
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International Power in GDF deal

Monday, April 16th 2012, 8:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French utility firm GDF Suez agrees to take full ownership of International Power in a deal that values the UK company at £22.8bn.
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French poll rivals rally faithful

Monday, April 16th 2012, 6:31
related places: Paris

The front-runners in France's presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, hold rival rallies in Paris one week before the polls.
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VIDEO: Village that predicts French elections

Monday, April 16th 2012, 5:54

Ahead of the French presidential elections, BBC correspondent Christian Fraser visits the village that predicts which way the political winds are blowing.
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